Fact Check: 4 Range Rovers Are NOT Being Given Away Because They 'Cannot Be Sold Due To Minor Scratches'

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: 4 Range Rovers Are NOT Being Given Away Because They 'Cannot Be Sold Due To Minor Scratches' Car Con

Are four Range Rovers being given away because they "cannot be sold due to minor scratches"? No, that's not true: There is not a giveaway in North America for Range Rovers that have scratches, the company confirmed to Lead Stories. The false claim of slightly damaged Range Rovers being given away for free has been circulating on the internet for years.

The claim appeared as a post where it was published on Facebook on September 21, 2022. It opened:

We are happy to announce that we will be donating 4 cars which cannot be sold due to minor scratches as they are still in perfect condition.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Sep 29 19:43:21 2022 UTC)

"This is not an initiative from the North American market," Joe Stauble, public relations and communications manager for Land Rover told Lead Stories via email on September 29, 2022.

The claim of free Range Rovers being given away on Facebook is years old, with examples going back as far as 2016, as the That's Nonsense Facebook account noted in October 2016.

The examples also apparently span the globe. The Facebook page 2020 Range Rover Sport V6, created on August 3, 2022, identifies Indonesia as its page manager's location.

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Sep 29 19:52:33 2022 UTC)

There does not appear to be a dealership address or name that is associated with the page. Whenever a response is received on the account, an automated reply is posted that instructs people to share the post in "5 Facebook groups you are in":

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Sep 29 19:54:12 2022 UTC)

A Facebook account with the slightly different name of Range Rover 2022 made the same offer of four cars that "cannot be sold due to minor scratches" on September 19, 2022, the same day its account was created.

There do not appear to be any winners of the cars on the account as of this writing.

Similar offers for other products, like Toyota cars or "mini fridges," use the same language that the goods "cannot be sold due to minor scratches" and are also found on Facebook. None of these offers appear to have publicly declared winners, either.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

Read more about or contact Alexis Tereszcuk

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